November 3rd, 2008
09:17 PM ET
5 years ago

Hank Williams, Jr. says Obama doesn't like the National Anthem

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Hank Williams, Jr. has performed at several McCain-Palin campaign events.
Hank Williams, Jr. has performed at several McCain-Palin campaign events.

(CNN) - In the waning hours of the presidential race, the toughest shot against Barack Obama may not have come from the Republican ticket, but from country music star Hank Williams, Jr.

The country-rocker, a campaign trail fixture who has penned a special song for the GOP ticket called "McCain-Palin Tradition," suggested Monday Obama doesn't like the national anthem.

“You know, I’m usually at Monday Night Football tonight, but Colorado, this is a lot more important tonight. Join me now in our national — you know, that song that, uh, Mr. Obama’s not real crazy about, we’re singing it right now," he said before performing his version of the song.

Williams, Jr., aka Bocephus, also performed "McCain-Palin Tradition," which includes a line that suggests Obama has "terrorist friends."

After playing both songs, Palin thanked Williams, Jr. for his help on the campaign trail, and did not acknowledge the national anthem remark.

The comments appear to reference a long-debunked e-mail rumor that Barack Obama refuses to put his hand on his heart when the national anthem is played. That e-mail stems from a 2007 photograph showing the Illinois senator with his hands by his side during a performance of the song.

The e-mail also stated Obama said the national anthem is a "war-like message" and should be swapped for a tune like "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing."

Obama, in fact, has never said those things.

soundoff (356 Responses)
  1. Kyna

    Really??? This is such nonsense!!! Is this all they could come up with?

    November 4, 2008 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  2. GOD BLESS OBAMA

    Judgement has come so everyone would be judge.think about the bad things you have done sofar and get ready to account for them.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 03:01 am at 3:01 am |
  3. melody watkins

    This election will soon be over and not a minute too soon. Then all of the educated fools from uneducated schools can fade back to their meaningless lives and benefit from the change ahead despite their uninformed desire to block it. Hand over heart indeed. With the state of our economy, whether a hand is over the heart or not is irrelevant.

    November 4, 2008 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  4. Hank fan

    I love hank sr. and hank the 3rd, but never cared for jr. much. Now I understand why.

    November 4, 2008 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  5. austin

    I say that we let the south(i mean red states,) secede. take all of our money, talent and promise and let them deal with all of their backwoods ideals and uneducated synicism.

    November 4, 2008 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  6. RON KNIGHTWALTER

    The problem really is this is the kind of hate and divisional tacticts they have been using this whole time, to me its not a revelation its just a continuation of hate

    November 4, 2008 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
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